Established by Order under an Act of Parliament to protect the fish stocks in the Tweed River System
The Scottish Government has decided that it wishes to reform wild freshwater fisheries management in Scotland. This is timeline of recent events and publications:
Scottish Government receives “Management of Wild Fisheries: A Baseline Report”, by Dr Peter Maitland. This report reflects Dr Maitland’s personal opinions and the remit of it is described as providing a baseline of the current situation to inform advice to Government Ministers (Scottish) for a review of Salmon and freshwater fisheries management, governance and legislation.
Scottish Government appoints Andrew Thin to develop and promote a modern, evidence-based management system for wild fisheries fit for purpose in the 21st century, and capable of responding to the changing environment and to manage, conserve and develop our wild fisheries to maximise the sustainable benefit of Scotland’s wild fish resources to the country as a whole and particularly to rural areas.
Scottish Government introduces a change in Holyrood to the Tweed Order (primary legislation) to enable carcass tagging of Salmon in the Tweed District; it was subsequently taken to the Houses of Lords (November) and Commons (December) for approval. Its stated purpose to the parliaments was that it should not apply to fish which are caught by rod and line (as rod and line fishing for salmon is permitted but the fish cannot be sold on).
Scottish Government advertises its proposals for two conservation orders to introduce a licencing and tagging system: one proposal for the Tweed under the Tweed Regulation Order, and one for the rest of Scotland.